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An autumn sun rises over the High Country in this photo taken from Grandmother Mountain. Fall color is now well on its way in locations lower than 4,000 feet, with areas in Boone and Blowing Rock offering some spectacular viewing. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

Fittingly, Grandmother Mountain sits near to Grandfather Mountain. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, Grandmother Mountain has an elevation of 4,603 feet and is home to a UNC-TV/PBS broadcasting tower.